One Last Time ...

I want to take this opportunity to let each of you know that I have enjoyed and have found purpose in the privilege of writing Guest Writer comments that were included on the editorial page of the Star Herald these past several weeks. These are momentous times—it seems there are multiple “big stories” happening at once—the pandemic and the search for an effective vaccine; the economic crisis with no end in sight; heightened concern and turmoil over racial injustices; a changed global society where face masks are the new norm in an otherwise unrecognizable world; rumblings of international confrontations in the face of constantly shifting and unsettling alliances among world leaders; climate change-driven natural disasters that seem to be piling up in frequency and intensity on planet earth; and, complicated and connected to all that, we face in less than six weeks what is being described as one of the most significant and contentious presidential elections in our history.

As if these major crises were not enough, our nation is now are confronted with yet another highly divisive issue: the push for and against a rapid replacement of one of this country’s most influential Supreme Court Justices who died Friday evening. Ruth Bader Ginsburg became just the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice when she took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She faced workplace discrimination in the 1960s despite graduating first in her class at Columbia Law School in 1959. Ginsburg dealt with discrimination first hand, having been pregnant when she accepted a job, and then had her ranking demoted when her work place found out. RBG, as she came to be known, was long a forceful advocate of women’s rights and gender equality. Her tenacity and passion earned a deep and abiding respect of her colleagues on the Court along with much of the American public.

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